posted on Nov, 9 2012 @ 04:31 AM
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish air force jets and attack helicopters pounded Kurdish militants along the border with Iraq on Thursday,
killing 13, the local governor's office and security sources said on Friday.
The attack was launched after a drone identified a group of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants on the second day of operations in Turkey's
southeastern province of Hakkari, bordering Iraq and Iran, the Hakkari governor's office said.
Now in my attempt to see if this breaking news had been posted already, I stumbled across quite a number of ATS threads from years past illustrating
the Turkish legacy of indiscriminately bombing suspected PKK militant outfits.
Additionally, due to the location of the event, I wonder how long before someone accuses Iran of harboring these PKK militants and demands action? I
would have said Iraq instead of Iran, but we all know why i cant...
However, i found this note in this developing story of key interest.
Ankara has linked the increased violence to the chaos in neighboring Syria, accusing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad of resuming support for the
PKK and arming the militants.
Links to Assad and Syria are being blamed for a host of incidents throughout the middle east and I as have been discussing with my fellow members,
this seems to be a baseless accusation due the fact that this conflict over social/cultural differences has ancient roots.
Regardless, I can not say for certain if this attack has some kind of indirect link to Syria or not.
More than 40,000 people have been killed in the conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which launched its insurgency in 1984 with the aim of carving
out a separate state in mainly Kurdish southeast Turkey.
Wow, grant it this conflict has been going over a much longer time span then the recent Syrian conflict, but 40,000 dead, is still 40,000 dead.
It would be interesting to look into the details of that continuing conflict as well and its relation to the larger global climate.
9-11-2012 by MDDoxs because: (no reason given)